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Man Utd learn hefty price to land dream Ratcliffe signing as Everton push for Tottenham old boy

Jarrad Branthwaite has drawn interest from some major players in Europe

Jarrad Branthwaite has drawn interest from some major players in Europe

Everton have reportedly informed Manchester United that there will be no discount on their £80m valuation of Jarrad Branthwaite amid claims Sir Jim Ratcliffe is determined to sign the England squad defender, though his chances of a move have been aided after the Toffees set their sights on a Tottenham man as his replacement.

The Toffees may be in financial difficulty but they will not accept a cut-price offer for their player of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United are also believed to be interested in acquiring the services of the former Carlisle United defender as are Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Carlisle are set to receive up to 15% of any fee that Everton gather for the player thanks to the sell-on-clause included in the deal that took Branthwaite to Goodison Park.

Reports suggest that Branthwaite is not putting pressure on the club to accept any offers despite the high-profile suitors who have come calling.

Branthwaite, who has been included in Gareth Southgate’s provisional England squad for the 2024 Euros, is contracted to Everton until June 2027.

He played 41 matches for Everton across all competitions this season including 35 starts in the Premier League.

Despite the intense interest in Branthwaite, Everton are yet to receive a serious offer for the player.

Should he feature for England in Germany this summer, Branthwaite might earn more interest and ramp up that asking price as well.

Manchester United – with new minority shareholder Ratcliffe a huge admirer – were believed to be hoping for a price around the £50m mark, but sources have told TEAMtalk that Everton are standing firm by their initial valuation, particularly at this early stage of the summer window.

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Former Tottenham defender among potential replacements for Branthwaite

Everton are believed to have joined the race to sign former Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez with Mason Holgate and Michael Keane possibly heading towards the exit as well.

Fulham and West Ham are also believed to be interested in the Galatasaray defender.

The 27-year-old Colombia international has gathered a lot of experience thanks to stints in the Premier League, Holland and now in Turkey.

Sanchez has seen his season with Galatasaray disrupted by injury but remains a player of interest for clubs in the Premier League.

In six seasons with Tottenham, he made 143 Premier League appearances before joining Galatasaray in September 2023.

Everton have also shown interest in signing Lyon centre-back Jake O’Brien although the Irishman is a very different type of defender.

O’Brien is considered to be a ball-playing defender but the belief is that he could adapt his game to a more physical style of defending if he returns to the Premier League.

There is no indication at this stage what Lyon might ask for the defender who is under contract at the Parc OL outfit until the summer of 2027.

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